The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce an exhibition by Vermont artist, Clark Derbes to be held at its galleries in Reading, Vermont from 28 August – 28 November 2021. Known for creating illusionistic sculptures carved from blocks of wood, this exhibition will include about dozen of Derbes’ recent works.
Using a chainsaw, Derbes first cuts blocks of wood from a variety of tree species, including elm, poplar and maple. Continuing to carve each block into a unique and dynamic shape, he meticulously chisels, paints, sands and burnishes each piece in order to achieve a variety of complex geometric visual systems, planes, patterns and patinas. With a palette that ranges from vibrantly rich jewel tones to subdued neutrals, Derbes uses pattern, shape, and shifts of scale to playfully and unexpectedly alter perspective and space.
Clark Derbes (b. 1978) is originally from New Orleans, LA and received a BFA at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, where he was raised. In addition to his sculptures, Derbes also makes paintings, works on paper and large public installations. His work has been shown extensively throughout the United States, including solo exhibitions at Devin Borden Gallery in Houston, TX, Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, MA, Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, GA, Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA, Christine Price Gallery at Castleton University in Castleton, VT, and Martine Chaisson Gallery in New Orleans, LA. Derbes currently lives and works in Charlotte, Vermont.
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